Monday, February 20, 2012

iPad 3 with 2048x1536 Retina Display

In the upcoming iPad 3 (expected to be presented in the coming weeks) Apple is expected repeat the same formula already tried on the iPhone 4: a bump in screen resolution with a retina display, that will double its  screen resolution with 4x more pixels - to which there seems to be more and more proof....

With four times as many pixels on screen, and everything moving with Apple's well known fluidity, the iPad 3 is certain to be more impressive than any other tablet to date - even though other manufacturers are also pushing forward with "Full HD" tablet at full speed, so they don't get left behind.

For all those thinking it's obscene to have a 9.7" screen with the "insane" resolution of 2048x1536, I leave just a couple of pre/post retina display icons on the iPhone:

Still think it's overkill... I don't think so. ;)

But there's still one other advantage Apple will have over any (or every) upcoming FullHD tablet.

We're talking about the inevitable 1920x1080 Full HD resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio, versus the 2048x1536 iPad 4:3.

Not only the 4:3 aspect ratio makes it a lot more usable in both portrait and landscape orientation (I still think 16:9 lack enough vertical resolution in portrait mode for anything other than watching videos; and in vertical format, is becomes strangely "thin")... but the iPad gets roughly 50% more pixels to show info on screen.

It's enough to show a full FullHD movie running unscaled... and still have lots of room to spare.

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